|How true! Thanks to John R. Ellis|
This is outrageous.
I have sat pretty much on the periphery of this debate in the hope that it might blow over, but this?
People's security is of paramount importance in a large event like TAM, and I am sure the JREF take it very seriously (even if a little ham-fisted at times), but for speakers to receive threats in email that make them not want to attend at all, then there is something rotten in the state of Denmark.
I do not know what the nature of these threats are, Ophelia apparently doesn't care to share them [UPDATE: She has now posted the emails here], but I trust they are of a serious enough nature for her to warrant her decision to drop out of TAM, and to report them to the necessary authorities.
This cannot be tolerated.
But what is more disturbing for me personally, is that she has capitulated to the threats. They win.
I really feel for anyone that has been threatened, but I cannot condone her pulling out of the very conference that gives her the opportunity to confront these assholes and tell them they will never hold sway over our security.
Ophelia, I really hope you change your mind. I am sure there are a number of options available to you to enhance your safety on site.